Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion over the past weeks. This has now reached its conclusion, and comments on the Stimulus Questions are closed. As explained when we set out, ALT and Naace will now produce a brief report drawing on the discussion. This is intended to help us come to a shared understanding of the role of technology in teaching and learning in the schools sector. We will post further updates here when we can.
Though we’ve now reached the end of our formal timetable, it has been pointed out that we originally said we would keep this site going until the end of February. We have opened all the discussion threads to further comments, so please go to the list of Stimulus Questions and then choose where to contribute from there. This is your last call…
We are now moving into the final week of the timetable for the SchoolsTech conversation. Though it’s likely we will have a “soft” closing of the discussions, we encourage you to review the questions and have your say now.
We are building on the impetus created by Michael Gove’s speech at BETT on 11 January 2012, which included:
I’d also like to welcome the online discussion launched today at schoolstech.org.uk and using the twitter hashtag #schoolstech. We need a serious, intelligent conversation about how technology will transform education – and I look forward to finding out what everyone has to say.
To contribute to the conversation go to one of the following sets of “stimulus questions” and add your comment(s). You can also respond to comments that others have made.
- Young people
- Pace of technological change
- Teacher skills and role (1) & (2)
- New models of teaching and education supported by technology
- Authentic experiences
- Opening out
While visits to SchoolsTech have continued at broadly the same levels, discussion in this week’s topic has been much less active than in previous weeks. This isn’t the end of the world, but if you have any insights as to why that might be (longer, more complex questions? longer introduction? less contentious issues?), please comment here. Of course, Week 2 isn’t over yet, and we’re going to extend the window for part 1 of Teacher Skills and Role until the end of Monday, so you still have time to contribute if you’d like to.
On Sunday we’ll also be opening the Week 3 discussions, which include part 2 of Teacher Skills and Role and New Models of Teaching and Education Supported by Technology.
We’ve also been thinking about how we might broaden and open out the discussion to include issues that are in keeping with the Stimulus Questions, as posed by the Department for Education, but prompted, for ALT and Naace, by the conversation so far. Our initial step is to suggest a further set of questions that we’ve called Opening Out (the first question is about “blind spots” in the discussion, so hopefully that serves as a catch-all). Unlike the other themes, we’ll leave this one open for comments for the rest of the life of this site. If you have comments on this approach, or suggestions for other ways we might enrich the conversation — while staying true to its original purpose — please let us know here.
It has been very encouraging — and useful — to see the quantity and quality of contributions over the last ten days. Thanks to everyone who has commented so far.
In line with the timetable we posted at the start of this exercise, we will be closing the discussions on Young People (54 comments, and counting) and Pace of Technological Change (34 and counting) late on Sunday. This leaves you a little over 48 hours to have your say on those topics on this site. (You can of course continue on Twitter or your platform of choice, remembering to use the #schoolstech tag so that others can find what you say.)
On Monday, we move on to discuss the first part of one of the more complex areas of learning technology: the role of teachers. Please have a look at the background notes there, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say on the topics raised.